First off. Great web site!!!
kind of, sort of remember you. I left in Apr-76. At the time Mark
Dennis was my Flight Chief. I was also in 5192. We had the last room
on the side that was facing the hill and the softball fields.
Acts of bravery were not
only on duty. When we first arrived in Oct-74 at every SP training
briefing we went to all we heard about was how these 2 K-9 troops,
while off duty had pulled a couple of P.I. nationals out of a burning
Jeepney while downtown. The 2 troops were Rich Hatt(better known as
just Hatt) and G.G. Gould. They both recieved the Airmans Medal for
their act of heroism. At the time and maybe still is, this was the
highest award given to enlisted personnel during peacetime. This
happened in the summer of 1974 I believe.
The evacuation of Saigon in the summer of 1975. K-9 NCO's along with NCO's from RP, SP's Etc. flew armed support missions in the C-5's that were landing and taking off constantly.
I have been thinking
about the PI a lot since this is our 25th anniversary and finding this
web site was a godsend. My favorite posts were the Golf Course (had
shelter in the rain and cold running water when thirsty.) and POL. I
loved exploring the hill and taking new troops up there on one of
those beautiful starry PI nights.
Thanks for the memories.
Jim Jablonski PI Oct74/Apr76